The whole of agricultural policy following two world wars, was food security and “food” was identified as farm crops as harvested. . While we forget that lesson at our peril, we now have to think in terms of Adding Value. Doing that by taking a harvested crop (such as vegetables) and processing and packaging them is certainly a step in the right direction. However, there is another way of looking at Adding Value and that is at an industry level for the national economy. One of the most important ways we can do that is to accept, co-operate with and seek to influence and re-direct regulation and regulators to deliver what is, and should be recognised as already the case, the safest food in the world.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd., 26 April 2017
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